MBA News: Push Your Passions Aside at Goldman Sachs

Aspiring rapper? Performance artist? Stand-up comic? Although creative bylines might be encouraged at Google, you had better be ready to shelve that hobby if you want to work at Goldman Sachs. According to an article in the New York Times, Goldman employees are reportedly pressured to “keep a low profile,” to the degree that they must have any side careers or other such endeavors approved by the firm. Goldman, still stinging from the negative press it has received related to the financial crisis, is more guarded than ever about reputational issues. And, in fairness, the company likely doesn’t want important clients inadvertently finding out that their banker is also a mime on the side. So, if you have Goldman in your sights, you may want to think twice about writing that political blog or giving weekend tours of Wall Street. If you don’t, Goldman will.

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